Über den Autor
Emil Ludwig (originally named Emil Cohn) was born in Breslau, now part of Poland. Born into a Jewish family, he was raised as a non-Jew but was not baptized. "Many persons have become Jews since Hitler," he said. "I have been a Jew since the murder of Walther Rathenau [in 1922], from which date I have emphasized that I am a Jew." Ludwig studied law but chose writing as a career. At first he wrote plays and novellas, also working as a journalist. In 1906, he moved to Switzerland, but, during World War I, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt in Vienna and Istanbul. He became a Swiss citizen in 1932, later emigrating to the United States in 1940.
This classic book is Emil Ludwig's 1942 biography, "Bolivar the Life of an Idealist". Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) was a Venezuelan politician and military veteran. He was pivotal in establishing independence for Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia as sovereign states independent from Spanish rule. This fascinating and detailed biography paints a vivid picture of its subject, and is highly recommended for those with an interest in Spanish history. Contents include: "Chapter One: The Dandy", "Chapter Two: Ordeal", "Chapter Three: The Liberator", "Chapter Four: The Dictator", "Chapter Five: Don Quixote", etc. Many classic books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.